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The Supreme Court of the United States has upheld Virginia's uranium ban in a decision made Monday, June 17 in the case of Virginia Uranium v. Warren.

According to the court, Justice Neil Gorsuch, joined by Justice Clarence Thomas and Justice Brett Kavanaugh, holds that the federal Atomic Energy Act does not preempt a Virginia law banning uranium mining altogether.

The justices ruled 6-3 in favor of the ban. 

"Virginia Uranium insists that the federal Atomic Energy Act preempts a state law banning uranium mining, but we do not see it," Justice Gorsuch's opinion states. 

A ban on uranium mining has been in place in Virginia since 1982. 

Pittsylvania County is said to be the home of approximately 119 million pounds of uranium ore, discovered in the late 1970s, and is valued at approximately $6 billion below the Coles Hill Estate. It is believed to be the largest in the United States. 

However Virginia Uranium, the Chatham based company which renewed its efforts to have the ban lifted during the 2000s when uranium prices began to soar, has been unable to mine the uranium due to Virginia law that effectively bans uranium mining. 

A statement from Virginia Uranium is expected sometime Monday afternoon. 

This story will be updated

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